How To Make Strawberry Frosting

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How to make Strawberry Frosting is a simple recipe that is not only sweet and delicious, but it’s also super easy to make! It’s a classic frosting for cakes and cupcakes — though you’ll probably want to eat it off the spoon.

Strawberry frosting has been popular for many years and you can easily make it at home without a lot of fuss.

Homemade Strawberry Frosting – Two Ways

This Homemade Strawberry Frosting is the BEST you’ll ever make! And there’s two different ways to achieve it! You can use fresh strawberries that have been reduced over the stove to increase flavor, or freeze dried strawberries!

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The Best Homemade Strawberry Frosting Recipe

I would say that of all the flavors of frosting, I get the most questions about strawberry frosting. It’s a bit illusive. Strawberry puree alone often doesn’t lend enough flavor and if you add too much, you thin out your frosting beyond where it’s usable. And if you add chunks of strawberries, it really throws things off. So what’s a strawberry lover to do?

I’ve used both these methods for strawberry frosting before in various recipes on the site and finally decided to put it into its own post and give you all my tips! First, let’s go over both ways to make this frosting. One method is to use fresh strawberries that have been cooked in a pan on the stove to reduce the liquid and create a thicker, stronger strawberry puree/sauce. The second method would be to grind up freeze dried strawberries and add the powder to your frosting.

How to Make Strawberry Frosting

Both methods of strawberry frosting have the same frosting base. Much like my vanilla buttercream frosting, you’ll start with your butter (and shortening, if you like) and beat that until it’s nice and smooth. From there, you’ll add about half of the powdered sugar and mix it all together until smooth.

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two cupcakes with homemade strawberry frosting on top
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Next, you’ll want to add your strawberry flavoring. If using fresh strawberries, you’ll want to have your strawberry reduction ready and cool. To make it, puree your strawberries and strain the puree to remove the seeds. While straining it isn’t completely necessary, it’s nice to do so that your frosting doesn’t have little seeds in it.

From there, slowly cook the puree on the stove and reduce it by half. This basically doubles up the strawberry flavor while also giving you a thicker puree to add to your frosting. Cool the strawberry reduction and then you’re ready to add it to your frosting. I typically add about three to four tablespoons so that my frosting doesn’t thin out too much. If you prefer a thinner frosting (which is often ok for cupcakes and sheet cakes, but less ideal for layer cakes), you can add a little more.

If you’re doing to use the freeze dried strawberries, you’ll pop them into your food processor and grind them into a powder, then simply add the powder to the frosting. It’s a much simpler and quicker way to go, if you’re able to find them at your store.

The only other thing that’s different with the freeze dried strawberry method is that you’ll need to also add some cream or water to it. Because the reduction adds liquid to the frosting naturally, you don’t need any extra. But with this version, the dry powder doesn’t do the job on it’s own and a little liquid is necessary to thin out the frosting a bit.

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From there – regardless of which version you make – you’ll want to add a touch of vanilla extract and the remaining powdered sugar and mix it all together until it’s nice and smooth.

Can I Use Frozen Strawberries in this Frosting?

Frozen strawberries would be a fine option to use for this strawberry frosting. I personally don’t like to use them because you can’t tell prior to buying and thawing them if they have good flavor or not. Since the flavor influences the frosting so much, I like to know that mine smell amazing and have great flavor. The other thing about frozen strawberries is the water added. Yes, you’ll cook them down and intensify the flavor, but again I just prefer knowing I’m getting the best and strongest flavor. So while you can certainly use them, they aren’t my preference.

What Makes this the Best Strawberry Frosting Recipe?

Regardless of how you decided to go with your strawberry frosting, both versions are awesome! In fact, even though the freeze dried strawberries give some intense flavor, the strawberry reduction actually does a great job of keeping up. I could hardly tell a difference between them as far as flavor. The great news about that is that you have two amazing approaches to making the best homemade strawberry frosting!

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strawberry frosting made with freeze dried strawberries
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Homemade Strawberry Frosting – Two Ways


Description

This Homemade Strawberry Frosting is the BEST you’ll ever make! And there’s two different ways to achieve it! You can use fresh strawberries that have been reduced over the stove to increase flavor, or freeze dried strawberries!


Ingredients

1 cup freeze-dried strawberries OR 1 1/2 cups (200g) chopped fresh strawberries
1 cup (224g) unsalted butter, room temperature
4 cups (460g) powdered sugar
3–4 tbsp (45-60ml) water or cream, if needed
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch or two of salt


Instructions

1. If using fresh strawberries, add the strawberries to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. You should have about 3/4 cups of puree.
2. Add the puree to a small sized saucepan and cook over medium heat. Allow the mixture to come to a slow boil, stirring consistently to keep it from burning, until it has thickened and reduced to about 6 tbsp, about 10-15 minutes. To measure, pour the puree into a measuring cup. If it’s more than 6 tbsp (between 1/4 and 1/2 cup), add it back to the pan and continue cooking.
3. When the puree has thickened and reduced, pour into a large measuring cup and allow to cool to at least room temperature. This strawberry mixture can be made ahead, if you like, and stored in the fridge.
4. If using freeze dried strawberries, add them to a food processor and grind into a fine powder. Set aside.
5. Regardless of which version you’re making, add the butter to a large mixer bowl and beat until smooth.
6. Add about half of the powdered sugar and beat until well combined and smooth.
7. If using the strawberry reduction, add about 3 tablespoons of the reduction and beat until well combined and smooth. If using the freeze dried strawberries, add the powder and about 3 tablespoons of water or cream and beat until well combined and smooth.
8. Add the vanilla extract and slowly add the remaining powdered sugar and beat until well combined and smooth.
9. Add additional strawberry reduction/milk or cream until your frosting is the right consistency. Use your frosting on cakes, cupcakes, etc. Frosting can be left at room temperature for 1-2 days, but if you aren’t using it right away, I recommend refrigerating it for up to a week or freezing it for about a month.

THE BEST STRAWBERRY BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

The Best Strawberry Buttercream Frosting - never use store bought again. Teaming with fresh strawberries, this yummy Homemade Strawberry Frosting tastes amazing and is so easy to make. Especially good on angel food cake or chocolate cupcakes, it will make anything you put it on taste better! Pin this delicious Homemade Frosting later and follow us for more great Frosting recipes. #Frosting #Buttercream #Strawberries #StrawberryFrosting
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Teaming with fresh strawberries, this yummy homemade The Best Strawberry Buttercream Frosting tastes amazing and is so easy to make.

This recipe was born from wanting to do something different with chocolate cupcakes and having some fresh strawberries in the fridge.  I had very low expectations, but it really turned out delicious.  Normally Strawberry Frosting is not one of my favorites but I think I don’t like the artificial taste you get from strawberry extract in most recipes.  Using the fresh strawberries (I bet frozen would work too) takes this Strawberry Buttercream Frosting to the next level.

Fresh Strawberries for Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
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We started with fresh strawberries but you could also use frozen strawberries for this frosting recipe.  We washed them and give them a quick chop. The sweeter and riper the Strawberries are the better the frosting will taste.

Puree the fresh strawberries
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We placed the cut up strawberries in a food processor and pureed them with nothing added. One cup of strawberries equaled 1/2 cup of strawberry puree but you’ll only need 1/4 of puree for one batch of Strawberry Buttercream Frosting.

Measure the Powdered Sugar for The Best Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
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I use my food scale to measure 1 pound of Powdered Sugar.  (If you don’t have a food scale the equivalent would be 4 cups.)  You can sift the powdered sugar if it is really lumpy.  I do not always do this.  Instead I will mix the powdered sugar on low for 30 seconds to break up any large lumps.

Mix softened butter and powdered sugar
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Add 1 cup (2 sticks) of softened butter to the Powdered Sugar and then mix on low.  I only ever use real butter, but you can use whatever you have on hand.  Although I think margarine changes the taste, your buttercream frosting made with margarine will still better than canned frosting.

Add the puree'd strawberries into the butter and sugar
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Add 1/4 cup of the Strawberry Puree to the butter/powdered sugar and mix until the frosting is the right consistency.  

Mix the frosting until it is the right consistency
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If it is too thick add a tiny bit more of the puree.  

The Best Strawberry Buttercream Frosting - never use store bought again. Teaming with fresh strawberries, this yummy Homemade Strawberry Frosting tastes amazing and is so easy to make. Especially good on angel food cake or chocolate cupcakes, it will make anything you put it on taste better! Pin this delicious Homemade Frosting later and follow us for more great Frosting recipes. #Frosting #Buttercream #Strawberries #StrawberryFrosting
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Using the strawberry puree (versus milk & vanilla in regular Buttercream Frosting) makes the frosting a little looser  but it will firm up in the refrigerator.  If you really want to punch up the Strawberry taste, add some tiny pieces of strawberry at this point!

The Best Strawberry Buttercream Frosting - never use store bought again. Teaming with fresh strawberries, this yummy Homemade Strawberry Frosting tastes amazing and is so easy to make. Especially good on angel food cake or chocolate cupcakes, it will make anything you put it on taste better! Pin this delicious Homemade Frosting later and follow us for more great Frosting recipes. #Frosting #Buttercream #Strawberries #StrawberryFrosting
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How much frosting will you need?  That always depends on how thick or thin you apply the frosting or how much decorating you do but here are a couple of guidelines. Our recipe should make enough Strawberry Buttercream Frosting to cover a 9″ x 13″ sheet cake or a two-layer 8″ cake.  If you are making cupcakes, you should be able to frost 24 cupcakes if you apply the frosting with a knife.  If you swirl on the frosting with a pastry bag like we have done here, you should be able to frost 15-18 cupcakes depending on the size of the swirl.

The Best Strawberry Buttercream Frosting - never use store bought again. Teaming with fresh strawberries, this yummy Homemade Strawberry Frosting tastes amazing and is so easy to make. Especially good on angel food cake or chocolate cupcakes, it will make anything you put it on taste better! Pin this delicious Homemade Frosting later and follow us for more great Frosting recipes. #Frosting #Buttercream #Strawberries #StrawberryFrosting
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This strawberry frosting is really yummy.  It has a very light and pleasant strawberry taste. The strawberry flavor will deepen after sitting in the refrigerator overnight so this is the good frosting to make ahead and frost the next day.

The Best Strawberry Buttercream Frosting - never use store bought again. Teaming with fresh strawberries, this yummy Homemade Strawberry Frosting tastes amazing and is so easy to make. Especially good on angel food cake or chocolate cupcakes, it will make anything you put it on taste better! Pin this delicious Homemade Frosting later and follow us for more great Frosting recipes. #Frosting #Buttercream #Strawberries #StrawberryFrosting
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We really think you are going to love this Strawberry Buttercream Frosting.  It tastes great on Angel Food Cake or Chocolate Cupcakes (or really anything else!)  Enjoy!

The Best Strawberry Buttercream Frosting - never use store bought again. Teaming with fresh strawberries, this yummy Homemade Strawberry Frosting tastes amazing and is so easy to make. Especially good on angel food cake or chocolate cupcakes, it will make anything you put it on taste better! Pin this delicious Homemade Frosting later and follow us for more great Frosting recipes. #Frosting #Buttercream #Strawberries #StrawberryFrosting
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THE BEST STRAWBERRY BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

yield 2 1/2 CUPS prep time 10 MINUTES cook time 10 MINUTES total time 20 MINUTES

Teaming with fresh strawberries, this yummy homemade The Best Strawberry Buttercream Frosting tastes amazing and is so easy to make.

INGREDIENTS

  •  1 pound (4 cups) of Powdered Sugar
  •  1 cup Butter (We use Salted Sweet Cream Butter)
  •  1/4 cup Pureed Strawberries
  •  Decorating Bags
  •  Wilton 2D Decorating Tip
  •  Mixer

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix Powdered Sugar and Butter in a mixer on low.
  2. Add Strawberry Puree and mix until the right consistency.

Real Strawberry Frosting

I wanted REAL strawberry frosting for my Real Strawberry Cupcakes and could not find an acceptable recipe. I wanted an intense strawberry taste without using an extract or gelatin. I came up with this recipe using a strawberry puree reduction that is truly the strawberry-est. If you love strawberries, you’ll LOVE THIS!!!

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Real Strawberry Frosting
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Recipe Summary

Cook:20 minsTotal:40 minsPrep:20 minsServings:18Yield:18 servings

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted, divided

Directions

Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1Place strawberries in a blender; puree until smooth.
  • Step 2Transfer strawberry puree to a saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil, stirring often, until puree is reduced by at least half, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely.
  • Step 3Beat butter with an electric mixer in a bowl until light and fluffy.
  • Step 4Beat 1 cup confectioners’ sugar into butter until just blended.
  • Step 5Beat 2 tablespoons strawberry puree and vanilla extract into butter mixture until just blended.
  • Step 6Repeat with 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, followed by 2 tablespoons strawberry puree two more times.
  • Step 7Beat last 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar into mixture until just blended.

Fresh Strawberry Frosting

Fresh strawberries are one of my favorite fruits and this frosting is absolutely bursting with strawberry flavor. I crammed almost a full pound of fresh berries into this fresh Strawberry Frosting and you can taste the berries in every bite.

Sweet, but not too sweet, and versatile for all sorts of cakes and decorating purposes. The frosting thickens nicely for a pipeable frosting and it thins out beautifully for a strawberry icing that can be poured over a cake.

Fresh Strawberry Frosting is everyone's favorite! get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com
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Strawberry Icing

Truth told, I made a few different batches of the icing, just to get it right, you know. It was torture to eat graham crackers covered in that frosting several times last week and it’s probably a good thing the frosting is gone now!

But for future reference, this frosting is pretty amazing on crackers anytime you don’t feel like baking a cake. (It’s also irresistible right off the spoon. Just saying.)

When the baby of the family turns four, it’s a pretty big deal. And when his cousin turns five and chooses to share a birthday party with him, it’s an even bigger deal. (It’s hard to believe those cousins are turning 11 and 12 this week!)Fresh Strawberry Frosting

Strawberry Frosting

The cake requested was “super-extra-strawberry-cake-with-lots-of-strawberries-on-top.” If you say it fast enough and with enough excitement, you just might grasp how excited he was to choose his cake this year.

For a variation, this works beautifully as Blueberry Frosting too!

Best Ever Fresh Strawberry Frosting
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Updated to add: We’ve been making this frosting for every possible occasion for seven years now. “Cake with the strawberry frosting” is the special request for most birthdays and no one can resist a spoonful of this Fresh Strawberry Frosting when we make it.

The frosting is so easy to make, it just might be your new favorite in record time.

For a laugh, scroll down to the bottom of the post and watch the outtake clip from behind the scenes in our kitchen yesterday. There’s nothing funnier than a 7-year-old’s opinion on cake decorating.

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How To Make Strawberry Frosting

The directions for this recipe will make more berry puree than you will need in order to make this frosting. I haven’t found any way around this, simply because it requires a minimum amount of berries in order for the blender to puree them.

Do NOT dump all of the puree into the butter/sugar mixture or you will have a soupy mixture on your hands.

I save the leftover berry puree and add it to smoothies or stir it into oatmeal. You can also freeze the pureed berries in an ice cube tray and toss the cubes in a ziploc bag in the freezer until you are ready to use them.

Fresh Strawberry Frosting is irresistible! Get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com
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Strawberry Frosting Recipe

  1. Place 1 1/2 cups worth of the berries in the blender or food processor and puree until smooth, stop to scrape the sides as needed. This should only take a minute or two. Place the butter in a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth and creamy, add 1 cup of powdered sugar and beat again. Add 1 more cup of powdered sugar and beat to combine.
  2. SLOWLY add just 1/2 cup of strawberry puree (you will NOT use all of the berry puree) and beat again until smooth. Add the remaining powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth and fluffy.
  3. Add more strawberry puree ONLY as desired, for a creamier or pourable icing (the softer icing will only work for a sheet cake, it will need to be as described above for a layered cake) or add additional powdered sugar, for a thicker and more pipe-able frosting for decorating.
  4. Use the remaining berries to decorate the cake as desired. Store the decorated cake in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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